Singapore Customs



• Copy of the passport & Visa
• Declaration of Fact
• Valued Inventory


A person transferring residence to Singapore is exempt from payment of customs Goods and Services Tax (GST) on used household articles and personal effects provided:

  • That such person satisfies the Customs Officer that:
  • he is changing his place of residence from outside Singapore;
  • He has to be in Country of Origin at least 6 months.
  • He is the owner of the articles and effects imported; and the articles and effect have been in his possession and used for period of not      less than 3 months.
  • That the articles and effects are imported within 6 months of his first arrival with employment Pass in Singapore.
  • That such a person gives an undertaking not to dispose of the articles and effects within 3 months from the date of importation of such  articles and effects.

In order to obtain GST exemption, the person has to provide the Customs Declaration of Facts form and furnish his Passport copy and Employment Pass / Work Permit to the proper Customs Officer for verification.

Singaporean and Permanent Residents will have to furnish a copy of their passport, Origin country Visa, Re-entry permit, and a letter to Customs & Excise Department with indication of how long that person is in the country of Origin, for what purposes, and date of return in Singapore.

The GST exemption does not include intoxicating liquors, tobacco products, and motor vehicles which the person transferring residence intends to bring or import into Singapore.


GST relief is not extended to liquors, tobacco products, and motor vehicles. If such items are included in the consignment of personal effects, the owner must inform the forwarding agent who is preparing the import declaration. This can be done by including detailed description of the items in the packing list.

Import of intoxicating liquors exceeding 10 liters and tobacco products exceeding 400 gm must be covered by a relevant Customs permit applied via the TradeNet System.


  • Intoxicating liquors and cigarettes must not be marked with the words « SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID » on the labels, cartons or packets.
  • Cigarettes with the prefix « E » printed on the packets.
  • Chewing gum
  • Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products.
  • Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape.
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances.]
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products.
  • Firecrackers
  • Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs, and software
  • Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records, or cassettes.
  • Seditious and treasonable materials


All vehicles must comply with the UN/ECE Regulation 83 or the Japan Safety Regulation Article 31 for road vehicles, concerning standards for exhaust emission. Vehicles which are more than 3 years old are not allowed to be imported. Left-hand drive cars are also not allowed to be imported.

Private cars are subject to customs duties and registration fees which are approximately 200% of the open market value (the manufacturer’s price plus freight insurance). Duties for motorcycles are significantly lower than cars but are still substantial.

Duty and Goods & Services Tax (GST) 

Any person wishing to import motor vehicles for local use has to apply for a duty and GST payment permit. Duty on a motor car is levied at 20% of the Customs value. Duty on a motorcycle or scooter is levied at 12% of the Customs value. The 5% GST is computed based on the CIF value (cost, insurance, & freight) plus the duty payable.

Valuation for Motor Vehicles

The usual method for establishing the Customs value of the motor vehicle is by using the transaction value, that is, the price paid or payable for the imported vehicle. Overseas freight and insurance charges are included to establish the Customs value in CIF. The transaction value needs to be adjusted by the addition of other charges including commissions, assists (materials supplied by the importer), packing costs, proceeds of resale accruing to the seller, royalties and license fees, and etc. For the purpose of determining the Customs value of the motor vehicle to be imported, please submit your declaration in the format as per Form SC-A-012 (together with the following documents to Documentation Specialists Branch, Singapore Customs, 55 Newton Road, Level 7 Revenue House, Singapore 307987)

  • Commercial Invoice, Bill of Lading
  • Freight and Insurance Papers
  • Bills / Receipts relating to other charges
  • Documents relating to exhaust emission test, windscreen test, etc.
  • Vehicle’s registration and/or de-registration documents (if previously registered), and
  • A manufacturer’s letter confirming the date of manufacture of the vehicle.

Payment of Duty and GST

On receipt of the vehicle determined by Customs, you would need to lodge a Duty and GST Declaration through the TRadeNet System. You may appoint an agent to lodge the declaration on your behalf. Please note that duty and GST paid will not be refunded once the vehicle has been removed from Customs control/FTZ.

Important Note

You are advised to check with the Singapore Customs & Excise Dept at Tel: 65 6355 2000 or visit their website as well as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) at Tel: 1 800 225 5582 or visit their website for their latest requirements before you import your vehicle.


Dogs, cats and birds can be brought into Singapore in accordance with the veterinary regulations for the importation of such animals and birds into Singapore.

Further information or clarification may be obtained from:

The Director of Primary Production
City Veterinary Centre
25 Peck Seah Street
Singapore 079315
Tel: (65) 6227 0670 Fax: (65) 6227 6305, 6227 6403

NOTE – Customs regulations of Singapore are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to Singapore (this destination) and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, ERS cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double checks with your local embassy or consulate before you make your move to Singapore.